India Australia draw 3-3

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Australia came back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to draw India 3-3 in a women's field hockey Test match today.

Buderim:

Australia came back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to draw India 3-3 in a women's field hockey Test match today. After the first match in the series was cut short by a power failure and a second game called off due to fog, the visitors got off to a quick start after some defensive lapses by Australia. "It was a disappointing effort in the first 15 minutes, but once we got our structure back together and went back to our system, we managed to get at them," Australian assistant coach Mark Hager said. An intercepted pass from a free hit led to the first goal as Mamta Kharab found enough space inside the circle to push wide of Australian goalkeeper Cindy Morgan. Kharab's second goal three minutes later was initiated by Adline Kerkatta down the left and then India's third came from a deflection on right post following a penalty corner. Good skills by Ngaire Smith on the right side of the circle created the first Australian goal. Bianca Netzler latched onto the loose ball and smashed it past Indian goalkeeper Helen Mary Innocent before the break. Australia drew level by the 43rd minute after Louise Dobson's penalty corner strike and then on Netzler's well-placed deflection. The teams play additional matches tomorrow and Sunday at the same venue. (AP)

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